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why use anti-depressents and heart medicine to treat tts.

Posted by tony o. on 6/20/01 at hrmin (051121)

for 10 months i have suffered excrutiating pain in my left knee and foot. TTS was diagnosed and i had a decompression operation. 12 weeks of PT and all of a sudden, it returned with a vengence. the operation was on 11/28/2000, the accident was on 8/4/2000. here it is 7 months after the operation and my neurologist has perscribed me the following drugs and treatments. naprosyn,ultram,darvocet,lortab,topomax,vioxx,lorazepam,celexa,hydrocodone,vicoprophen, effexor,tylenol/codiene,celebrex,lanocaine patches,neurontin,mexiletine, tens unit, bupivicaine, and ......many others i can't seem to remember. none has had any or little effect on me. i had to take a physcological examination and a drug screen because i asked for some stronger medcine to relive my pain. of coarse i passed. i am not a druggy, no an alcoholic nor have even been. but i do play in a blues band and have very long hair and ride a harley. i'm not a biker either! i had a eporderal on 6/12/2001. still not much relief. i have lost everything or am about to including my fiance' because she said she could no longer see me suffering.
my question is...why won't they give people strong meds to relieve there pain. why are they treating me with anti-depressents and heart meds. i am a happy, lover of life and always (most of the time) have a smile and a good attitude. i no longer can stand for more than a few minutes or do anything. i feel i have lost the battle when they say theres nothing more they can do. what next?

Re: why use anti-depressents and heart medicine to treat tts.

Janet C. on 6/20/01 at hrmin (051128)

Hi Tony,

I can really relate to how you feel. Although, in just ten months you've already tried a lot of different medications and treatments! There ARE stronger medications out there, for people who NEED them. Many of them have gotten bad publicity lately because of a few street punks who would probably snort or shoot up Ajax if they thought it would get them high.

Try to keep smiling, and keep up the good attitude!
Best wishes~
~Janet

Re: why use anti-depressents and heart medicine to treat tts.

Andrea R. on 6/21/01 at 07:05 (051164)

Tony,

Have you tried finding a pain management specialist? I know of two people who had cronic and severe pain and the pain docs really helped.

Good luck,

Andrea

Re: why use anti-depressents and heart medicine to treat tts.

LD on 6/21/01 at 10:59 (051178)

Hi Tony-
I think I can help with your question. I am taking neurontin too. Not for dpression but as an 'off-shelf' use of the drug. Check out the site http://www.pslgroup.com/dg/d6ac6.htm for some information. I also know that anti-depressants are used for different things - for example migraine headaches. Do a search on the medications on the web.

Hope this helps. Let us know. LD

Re: why use anti-depressents and heart medicine to treat tts.

wendyn on 6/21/01 at 23:22 (051211)

Tony - your situation is honestly heartbreaking - I'm sorry it's taken me so long to respond.

A lot of the meds you've been on are used to treat people in a lot of pain. Most I recognize the names of, some I don't.

Stereotypes are an unfortunate reality. My brother in law is a CA and is a partner in a large accounting firm. He has more money than anyone else I know. He has long hair, a beard and moustache, and he's missing at least one tooth. When he walks in to a store he's lucky if he can get anyone to pay attention to him at all (the sales reps are more likely to notify security than they are to offer to help him). Now, if he walked in 'looking' like who he is - it would be a different story.

I'm not for a second suggesting that you change who you are, just recognizing that people have all kinds of preconceived notions about what appearences represent.

I know that there was a suggestion in this thread to see a specialist in chronic pain, and I agree that would be a great next step. Have you seen someone like that? Also, have seen a neurologist? What type of doctor have you been working with?

Re: why use anti-depressents and heart medicine to treat tts.

LD on 6/23/01 at 09:24 (051334)

already tried it. for some reason iwas having a lot of symptoms and reactions to a lot of the meds. neurontin was a bad one. i can't take a lot of the anti-depressant meds because of my chemistry but in the past some strong narcs worked. thanx. i already AM ina pain management clinic. their the ones prescribing all this crap. many good days to you and thanx for your reply. good luck. tony o.

Re: why use anti-depressents and heart medicine to treat tts.

andrea R on 6/23/01 at 09:31 (051335)

these are the people prescribing all this crap! pain management and my nuerologist. they suck! last week i went into the hospital for a epordural!for 2 days i was totally knub from my waist down. it lasted for 2 days after my release. now it's back again.they are the ones that ordered a physco test to see if im faking! i am on my way to boston to see one of the formost specialists in the country. someone must know something better that these yokels we call doctors. thanx for your reply and good days to you-all. tony o.

Re: why use anti-depressents and heart medicine to treat tts.

wendyn on 6/23/01 at 09:41 (051338)

what a refreshing lady you are. someone who realizes what i'm going threw. i also play in some rock bands and wear lots of leather and an eye patch. a very intimidating style and look ive been told.i am in pain management and i have a neuroligist. these are the jerks who are prescribing all this crap to me. they are prejudice and have ordered all kinds of physco tests drug screens and assessments. all which come clean. i had an epidural last week. they hospitalized me for 2 days. i was knub so i was pretty much pain free. 2 days after my release the pain is coming back again. im on my way to see one of the formost neuroligists in the country on the 2nd of july in boston. someone has to be able to do something to help. these country ga. doctors dont know squat! thanx for your concern but i have 'been there - done that all allready' what next? my sanity........tony o.

Re: why use anti-depressents and heart medicine to treat tts.

Janet C. on 6/20/01 at hrmin (051128)

Hi Tony,

I can really relate to how you feel. Although, in just ten months you've already tried a lot of different medications and treatments! There ARE stronger medications out there, for people who NEED them. Many of them have gotten bad publicity lately because of a few street punks who would probably snort or shoot up Ajax if they thought it would get them high.

Try to keep smiling, and keep up the good attitude!
Best wishes~
~Janet

Re: why use anti-depressents and heart medicine to treat tts.

Andrea R. on 6/21/01 at 07:05 (051164)

Tony,

Have you tried finding a pain management specialist? I know of two people who had cronic and severe pain and the pain docs really helped.

Good luck,

Andrea

Re: why use anti-depressents and heart medicine to treat tts.

LD on 6/21/01 at 10:59 (051178)

Hi Tony-
I think I can help with your question. I am taking neurontin too. Not for dpression but as an 'off-shelf' use of the drug. Check out the site http://www.pslgroup.com/dg/d6ac6.htm for some information. I also know that anti-depressants are used for different things - for example migraine headaches. Do a search on the medications on the web.

Hope this helps. Let us know. LD

Re: why use anti-depressents and heart medicine to treat tts.

wendyn on 6/21/01 at 23:22 (051211)

Tony - your situation is honestly heartbreaking - I'm sorry it's taken me so long to respond.

A lot of the meds you've been on are used to treat people in a lot of pain. Most I recognize the names of, some I don't.

Stereotypes are an unfortunate reality. My brother in law is a CA and is a partner in a large accounting firm. He has more money than anyone else I know. He has long hair, a beard and moustache, and he's missing at least one tooth. When he walks in to a store he's lucky if he can get anyone to pay attention to him at all (the sales reps are more likely to notify security than they are to offer to help him). Now, if he walked in 'looking' like who he is - it would be a different story.

I'm not for a second suggesting that you change who you are, just recognizing that people have all kinds of preconceived notions about what appearences represent.

I know that there was a suggestion in this thread to see a specialist in chronic pain, and I agree that would be a great next step. Have you seen someone like that? Also, have seen a neurologist? What type of doctor have you been working with?

Re: why use anti-depressents and heart medicine to treat tts.

LD on 6/23/01 at 09:24 (051334)

already tried it. for some reason iwas having a lot of symptoms and reactions to a lot of the meds. neurontin was a bad one. i can't take a lot of the anti-depressant meds because of my chemistry but in the past some strong narcs worked. thanx. i already AM ina pain management clinic. their the ones prescribing all this crap. many good days to you and thanx for your reply. good luck. tony o.

Re: why use anti-depressents and heart medicine to treat tts.

andrea R on 6/23/01 at 09:31 (051335)

these are the people prescribing all this crap! pain management and my nuerologist. they suck! last week i went into the hospital for a epordural!for 2 days i was totally knub from my waist down. it lasted for 2 days after my release. now it's back again.they are the ones that ordered a physco test to see if im faking! i am on my way to boston to see one of the formost specialists in the country. someone must know something better that these yokels we call doctors. thanx for your reply and good days to you-all. tony o.

Re: why use anti-depressents and heart medicine to treat tts.

wendyn on 6/23/01 at 09:41 (051338)

what a refreshing lady you are. someone who realizes what i'm going threw. i also play in some rock bands and wear lots of leather and an eye patch. a very intimidating style and look ive been told.i am in pain management and i have a neuroligist. these are the jerks who are prescribing all this crap to me. they are prejudice and have ordered all kinds of physco tests drug screens and assessments. all which come clean. i had an epidural last week. they hospitalized me for 2 days. i was knub so i was pretty much pain free. 2 days after my release the pain is coming back again. im on my way to see one of the formost neuroligists in the country on the 2nd of july in boston. someone has to be able to do something to help. these country ga. doctors dont know squat! thanx for your concern but i have 'been there - done that all allready' what next? my sanity........tony o.